Organizational Behavior/ Applied Psychology | Albright College

Organizational Behavior/ Applied Psychology

Upcoming cohort: Online January 2020

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in
Organizational Behavior/ Applied Psychology

Albright’s organizational behavior/applied psychology bachelor’s degree features a diverse curriculum that will prepare you for careers in social services, nonprofits and corporate training.  With undergraduate research built into the curriculum, it also provides a strong foundation for graduate school.

At Albright, undergraduate research is built into the curriculum.  Why?  Because delving deeper into a particular area, students discover the process of how knowledge is acquired in a specific field, apply classroom learning in real-life contexts, develop close working relationships with faculty, and gain insight into making valuable contributions to a field of scholarly study.

In the past 10 years, the School of Professional Studies has had 65 presentations of student-generated research given at state, regional and national professional conferences.  Numerous publications authored by faculty/student partnerships have also been published.

To be a licenses psychologist in Pennsylvania, the state board of psychology requires completion of a doctorate program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).  Master’s degree recipients may be licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania if they meet the specified criteria as designated by the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors.

Skills Employers Seek Most

A great psychology education teaches moire than psychology.  Surveys of American’s corporate sector show that hiring managers are looking for college graduates who adapt well to change, communicate effectively, think critically and analytically, and interact constructively with others.  In other words, they’re looking for graduates of programs like Albright’s School of Professional Studies.

In today’s competitive job market, employers are looking for more in psychology hires: more know-how, more abilities and more potential.  Labor market analytics company Burning Glass analyzed 1.9 million job posts to find out the top skills employers seek in their new hires.  All of these skills-technical and baseline-are emphasized at Albright College.

On average, one in three skills requested in job postings is a baseline skill.

-Burning Glass 

Employment Projections: Psychology

Projected employment growth from 2014 to 2024: 22% substance abuse counselors & behavioral disorder counselors; 7% training & development specialists; 19% psychologists.

-United States Bureau of Labor Statistics 

72,600 new substance abuse & behavioral disorder counselors, training & development specialists and psychologist jobs projected, 2014 to 2024.

-United States Bureau of Labor Statistics 


What are the benefits of accelerated learning?

Learning in an accelerated course format allows adult learners to focus on one subject at a time.  While the class is condensed into five weeks, the learning outcomes and objectives are the same as those in a standard 15-week course.  This means that students have increased out-of-classroom work or instructional equivalencies, which can be completed at home, during the lunch hour, or whenever your scheduled allows.

Required Courses

  • 78 credits in general studies & elective credits
  • 48 credits in Organizational Behavior/Applied Psychology at Albright College (16 Courses — 3 credits per course)

Topics in Psychology
Organizational Behavior
Adult Development
Learning & Motivation
Group Dynamics
Management Concepts
Abnormal Psychology
Quantitative Methods
Research Methods
Program Evaluation
Applied Project I
Cross-Cultural Diversity
Human Resource Management
Professional Issues
Applied Project II

Albright College: Who Are We?

Founded in 1856, Albright College educates creative, curious students to become adaptable, global citizens who discover and reach their full potential.  Close faculty mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and a diverse, supportive and nurturing community of scholars and learners help students exceed their own expectations and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning.

Interested in a master’s degree in psychology?

Albright College has established a number of regional articulation agreements with local colleges and universities to provide a seamless transfer into graduate school.  These programs include a master’s in clinical and counseling psychology, master’s in the administration of human services and a master’s in organizational development and leadership.  Some of these agreements include a tuition discount for Albright College graduates!


Albright College Faculty

Wendy Bartkus, M.S.
Organizational Behavior/Applied Psychology Program Chair
Accelerated Degree Program – B.S., DeSales University
M.S., Chestnut Hill College
tel: 610-866-5595

Laura Gelety, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology, School of Professional Studies — B.S., The Pennsylvania State University; M.S., Ph.D., Lehigh University

Lisa Hain, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Psychology, School of Professional Studies — B.A. Pennsylvania State University; M.S. Millersville University; Psy.D. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Lindsay Phillips, Psy.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, School of Professional Studies — B.A., Albright College; M.E., Temple University; Psy.D., Chestnut Hill College


Learning Goals

The Psychology Department follows the student learning outcomes from the American Psychological Association.

  1. Theory and Content of Psychology — Students will demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Research Methods in Psychology — Students will comprehend and have the ability to implement basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation.
  3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology — Students will gain appreciation for and engage in critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, employ the scientific approach to problem solving related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Application of Psychology — Students will know and be able to apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues through community service experiences and student internships.
  5. Values in Psychology — Students will value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.(APA Guideline, Goal 5)
  6. Information and Technological Literacy — (A) Students will exhibit competence in information science assessed according to the ACRL Psychology Information Literacy Standards and (B) have the ability to utilize computers and relevant software programs necessary to function in an entry level professional position or in a graduate school program.
  7. Communication Skills — Students will demonstrate competence in effective interpersonal communication including written, verbal, and non verbal forms. They will recognize, respect, and adjust to other people’s ways of communicating, learning, and doing things.
  8. Sociocultural and International Awareness — Students will recognize, understand and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity, realizing it is impossible to fully understand a person without understanding her or his culture, ethnic identity, gender identity and other important sociocultural factors.
  9. Personal Development — Students will develop insight into the behaviors and mental processes of themselves and others and be able to apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
  10. Career Planning and Development — Students will emerge from this program with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.


Is Online Learning For You?


Courses taught by a mix of full-time faculty and experts working in the field

Credit Flexibility

Transfer up to 78 previous college credits
Ability to submit prior credentials or learning experiences for experiential credit


Accelerated courses that run 5 weeks
Class one night per week
Locations throughout Pennsylvania

Cost Savings

Financial Aid
No college technology fee
Digital textbooks included in the cost of tuition


Scholarships for select community college graduates
Scholarships for Phi Theta Kappa members

Potential Careers

  • Administrative Manager
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Customer Service Supervisor
  • Master’s degree student
    in related field
  • Human Resource Assistant
  • Instructional Development Specialist
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Manager
  • Non-Profit Program Director
  • Team Coordinator
  • Training Coordinator
  • Grant Writer
  • Science Writer
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Case Worker or Manager
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Social Service Worker
  • Addictions Counselor
  • TSS Worker
  • Classroom Aide